127 posts • joined 2 May 2007
Left hand meet right hand
Morgan Stanley are scare-mongering that cheap batteries will destroy demand for incumbent energy utilities due to everyone making their own power, but there are others scare-mongering that the increase of electric cars on the road will mean that the utilities won't be able to cope with the load!...
In fact cheap, grid-scale energy storage is the only thing that can make the whole system work: wind energy only becomes useful if you can store it until needed, along with the excess energy from nuclear power in the low-demand periods. Add in some bog standard Rankine-Cycle Energy From Waste burners for peak demand and Bob's your uncle.
Re: Whenever toast be a croissant and one be loving the COFFEE.*
Good grief, I haven't seen Pop11 referenced for years!
But amanfromMars is certainly written in Lolcode (or possibly Brainf*ck)
Re: The meaning of "Theory"
Likewise, as Tim Minchin says: Gravity is also explained by a scientific theory. Now please leave your house from an upstairs window.
African or European?
So it's not the picture of evolution that's been "thrown into question" but the migratory habits of your early coconut carrying Neanderthal...
cycles of the mind
Instead of having all those cat5 cables in forest from these NAS boxes to the switch it would be great to have some kind of enclosure or tray with its own switch to slide the disks into and have just one or two network cables per tray.
...then perhaps aggregate the NIC and processor onto the tray and maybe add some kind of RAID logic
...of course that would require a faster processor but that's amortised over the disk bundle
...connect the disks to the tray with a fast interface that's already a standard perhaps and put the disks into caddies so you can hot-swap them
...add some memory too and a general api that's also already a standard
Hmm, what did I just invent?
A NAS by any other name...
So they've built some single-drive NAS boxes the size of a disk drive and with a proprietary api? Colour me unimpressed...
This bubble will burst, but it won't cause a catastrophe, just a redistribution of wealth from the greedy and/or slow to the smart, quick, con artists (sorry, investment advisors).
Unfortunately there will be a number of pension funds run by the slow lot...
It seems money is knowledge
So, you can buy some patents from another company and then act all hurt and pouty-faced 'cos someone else copied something you did from before you even existed.
You know, the US patent system seemed so perfect up until now but this appears to be ever so slightly out of kilter.
I'm always happy to give an email address, or accept adverts by email, 'cos I just give a fake or add them to my spam list after the initial verification.
My mobile phone number is a different matter as there's no spam filter yet.
...it hurts. But I suspect it's true.
We all know someone who produces nothing but glossy presentations and brown-nosing the big boss. Unfortunately I have integrity and self-respect so I'm happy with a lower bonus.
Floating around with globules of random "liquid"...
50 bucks per eye
$100 per user!!
This is either a lastminute.com moment (which will be very funny) or a sad bubble moment...
3 deciduous forests buying one ships peanut
A "currency" that's "not meant to last"? Ooh, that sounds stable and worth investing in...
Bitcoin is an artifically limited asset that has no actual value and only perceived value. Apart from early miners who were effectively just handed cash, it's only worth now is to speculators who will buy, hold for a bit and then sell to the gullible.
Soon, when no-one wants to buy, there will be a crash when bitcoin's perceived value will match its actual value and a lot of mugs will be left holding nothing.
Who do I trust with my identification
Banks yes, Facebook no.
By His Noodly Appendages! Facebook isn't a virus, it's a bacteria - its mouldy spores spreading into all dead (or soon to be dead) parts of society...
How to make money from Facebook
1. Splunk some cash in during the "insider dealing" underpants round.
2. Sell quickly during the IPO before it does a lastminute.com
When the wind blows
"...generate just over 84,000 gigawatt-hours annually. ...approximately one-quarter of present day UK electricity demand"
As long as you can store it between generation and demand that is. How many pumped-hydro stations do we have? Anywhere near enough?
Balls of Titanium
Every pic of that smug git Zuckerman here on El REg makes my skin crawl.
But all credit to him - valuing Facebook at 100$ per account (200$ or more per active user) is the bluff of the century!
The "investors" are going to lose their shirts...
In this case curse the sinners not the sin.
Harold Lewis makes the careful and accurate distinction that it's the global warming movement that is corrupt (and therefore possibly mistaken), not the issues around global warming.
The use of the word "incontrovertible" in an issue as complex as climate change is of course repulsive to any decent scientist.
I think Prof Lewis would be quite happy if global warming is proved to be true - he's a scientist, he doesn't care either way - but he is obviously insensed by the way a single point of view is being steamrollered through a supposedly scientific organisation. He wants the debate to be open and treated the same way as any other in the APS.
Turn a problem...
...into a feature. World's largest sundial anyone? Place tubs of water in the appropriate place, when they start to boil it's time to head to the bar...
Compare the Lockheed with this http://www.daleklinks.co.uk/gallery/daryl-joyce/daleks-flying-saucer
I'm just saying...
standards != implementation
There's an important distinction between standards - particularly in representation, filing and API - and an implementation of those standards.
IBM is saying that open standards are good and that they'll use the best implementation of those standards. Firefox just happens to be the best implementation at the moment. The benefit of focusing on open standards rather than implementation as that one can always switch to a better tool/program if one comes along. There's a reason why MS has always dragged its feet about making their API and filing "standards" open...
IMHO if/when facebook does IPO it will be the next lastminute.com - there's no way the market will stump up 29bil for this nonesense.
... and it will be very very funny :-)
The market may pay 5-10 times multiple though, which will still be a lot.
Little Bobby Tables
Ob XKCD (you'll be getting a lot of these) - http://xkcd.com/327/
Three major deciduous forests buying one ship’s peanut
May I refer you to the works of Douglas Adams, in particular the bit where the Golgafrinchans adopt leaves as legal tender...
How much investor capital was consumed to get there? When will the return on investment be? If it's still in the red then it's still a hobby not a business (although a very big one).
Atmospheric pressure FTW
It's atmospheric pressure that powers siphoning and obviously so.
The pressure at the two liquid surfaces are equal, but now imagine travelling "up" the long pipe - the higher you go the lower the pressure will be due to the weight of the liquid below you acting against the surface pressure. When you're level with the end of the short pipe this difference in pressure is what drives the siphoning.
The Telegraph has "hardon" in it's spellchecker dictionary?...
Wandering around all by itself
Mark, if you want to advance the cause of science how about starting with some simple maths:
1. Given the collision energy at the LHC what is the diameter of the event horizon if a black hole is created?
2. How does that compare to the diameter of electron orbit around the proton/neutron core of an atom.
3. Therefore, as the blackhole oscilates from one side of the earth, through the centre, to the other side just how much matter is impacted by the event horizon?
Clue: it's very, very, like you-know *very* small...
The last time I tried Ubuntu Karmic it was still rubbish at doing heterogeneous multi monitor display - i.e. laptop (Sony Vaio) plus external monitor. It's the only thing stopping me from going fully Microsoft free...
"and offer up to $500m in new senior notes to help finance the debt-reduction scheme"
When individuals take out a loan to pay off another one it's stupid. When corporations do it it's sound business practice...
I'm waiting for replication and de-duplication to come to Lustre, then everyone else can shut up shop and go home...
Now the cat's out of the bag, like spam, this isn't going to stop. The exec's at the top of ISPs won't understand what the issue really is - they can only see the internet as the web and think this is a great idea to make money from <ahem> I mean "help" the users.
So DNS needs to come up with a 3rd way - a response that includes a NXDOMAIN but also an address of a "useful server" to redirect some protocols to.
Webtards won't pay for free service!
Who'da thunk it...
We respect the laws of physics
- by eliminating the "wait" -
This is of course marketing nonsense. There will still be a "wait", they've just made it short enough not to notice.
The Sun sets?
Sun started all this on-demand cluster malarky with www.network.com and then got left in the dust by a book seller, a search engine and now the horned beast!
CGI would be rubbish
...just like the CGI remake of Spitting Image.
Do it with puppets on the BBC and call it ThundaBirds to get down wit' da yoof and stuff ITV's hold on the name Thunderbirds :-)
Black Helicopter is Thunderbird 6...
Went for the meat but (fortunately) not the veg?
You hop no more.
Did they have Coq au Bang?
Mine's the jacket without the trousers...
The new "standard" euro e-plug - http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/05/21/rwe_plug/ - only goes up to 400V...
Not much analysis....
offshoring ... the civil service
With 3 hours till the budget comes this is all speculation... but IMHO this would be a crazy idea!
Forgetting the worsening (if possible) civil "service" by having it done thousands of miles away in a foreign language there's a distinct Total Cost of Ownership benefit to keeping it in-country: for every local job you outsource you have to add in the extra cost of paying job-seekers and other benefits to the sacked person, plus the lost revenue of those ex-earners no long spending cash in local shops and entertainments etc.
This is the one bit of protectionism that the Yanks have got right. It is *much* more expensive to spend tax money abroad than it is to keep it in-house, even if the local wage costs are higher at first glance.
Vibration kills disks. See this video of a Sun engineer shouting at a disk stack and measuring the performance :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4
Is this now an accepted history then? Will Page be giving up the patent on grounds of prior art? (Will he heck!)
The second, and perhaps much more interesting part of this contest, is how quickly the various maintainers get patches out to fix the identified bugs...
virgins, theists, agnostics and atheists
@AC 17:11 to paraphrase: "virgin" just means "first" - thanks for that, and you may be right, but the collective church has since definitely equated it with Immaculate Conception and the idea that Jesus is *literally* the son of a beardy God. Which is not too far from Xenu.
@Andy B - I didn't know the Jeanne Darc thing (you learn a lot here at el reg :-) and it's certainly plausible - and similar to the history of Jesus and writings in the bible. The point is that it's the *ideas* that are important, not the book they're written in or who said them. But try saying the bible is just a bunch of stories to a strong Christian, or questioning the history of the Qur'an!
Strength of belief exists on a graded scale and the names of them seem to get confused in a number of discussions, so here's my bash at sorting them out:
Strong theist: there is only one God(s) (and that's my God(s)!) who created all things. He/they will smite you with eternal torment if you don't believe and our relgious texts are literal and cannot be questioned! Now get down on your knees and PRAY!!!
Theist (Gnostic?): There definitely is a God who should be worshipped (even if you haven't been touched by one yet), though many religions have plenty useful things to say and all Gods are just the one anyway (though I have a sneaking suspiscion it's my one) so can't we all just agree with that and be happy?
Weak theist: I'm pretty sure there's something out there, but I don't know what. After all, this can't be all there is can it?
Agnostic: err, dunno really, haven't thought about it....
Weak atheist: There's no proof of a god so I don't believe, but there's no proof against it either so, yeah, whatever dude.
Strong atheist: There's no proof an god (and, for goodness sake, just one little hint would do) and it's not possible to prove the non-existance of a thing, but the evidence against it is so overwhelming that please, for the love of humanity, please grow up and stop believing in super-natural imaginary friends so you can open your eyes and take in the complex beauty of the real world and universe and the capabilities of animal and human kind!
I'm a strong atheist (if you hadn't guessed :-) so definitely don't have any beliefs in the super-natural. I do have one axiom for living though: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" - also known as: "what goes around comes around" or "Karma" - and it seems that everything else can be pretty much derived from that. Despite this being shared with numerous other people, including one commenter, it is *not* a belief or religion!
I may also make assertions like "I think the the opposite of Faith is Curiosity" and find questioning things a useful way of improving life for all, but, again, this is just a way of life and not a belief or religion. Here's a good question for you: what's the difference between a belief and a religous belief? When you answer that fully you'll understand why religion, and the belief in gods, makes strong atheists so angry.
Strong Atheism and Zen Buddism, with its notion of constant questioning, probably have a lot in common, but I haven't done enough reading/thinking/asking questions to say for sure.
[El reg *so* needs a proper forum for this sort of discuss. C'mon vultures, just get the slashdot software installed :-]
I re-read Bill's article again. It's not clear that Symbian are planning to completely re-write each version from scratch. Now that *would* be nutty!
More research needed Bill
"The plan is nothing if not aggressive - even Apple doesn't try and launch two versions of its OS a year"
On the other hand this is exactly what Ubuntu does with its April and October releases and manages very well on a very wide range of hardware - and the range would be even wider if device makers would release OSS drivers.
I'm afraid Bill you need to hand in your Geek Pass...